Japanese Good Luck Charms
Sometimes we all need a little bit of luck. In Japan, luck can come in the form of symbols, objects, and rituals. Good luck charms have been apart of Japanese culture since ancient times, some even lasting the test of time. Here are some good luck charms that are a part of Japanese culture and are cherished by many.
Wooden Wish Boards
Also known as Ema, wooden wish boards are often purchased at Japanese shrines. These wooden wish boards are used for prayer and good luck. Each person fills out the prayer board with their hopes and wishes, and then leaves their wooden wish board hanging at the shrine so their asppirations come to reality. Locals and toursits come from near and far to fill out their wish baords. So many people come that the wish boards sometimes are burnt to make way for new wishes.
Believe it or not, the extremely popular Kitkat bars are more in Japan than just a tasty treat. Japanese Kitkat bars come in tons of fun flavors and packaging, and are incredibly popular. The Kitkat name has actual become to be known as “kitto katsu” which means “a sure win.” The riginal Kitkat bar has red packaging, further symbolizing good luck in Japanese culture. Oftentimes Kitkats are given to Japanese students so they can have good luck on their exams
These little hollow dolls, called Daruma or Dharma, are seen as a good luck and Bubddhist meditation symbol. Darumas are weigted at the bottom to keep them from following over, and come without eyes. It is then up to the owner to fill in one of the Daruma’s eyes with black marker once they have set a goal they will strive to achieve. Once they acomplish this goal, the wner can then fill in the other eye.
Writer: Kayley Hill